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Philadelphia Pale Ale - Yards Brewing Co.

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Philadelphia Pale AlePhiladelphia Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

848 Ratings
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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 13
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yards Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-17-2002

Not to be boastful, but we honestly believe all others pale in comparison to this one. Crisp and hoppy, Philadelphia Pale Ale is brewed with Pilsner malt and American hops, which impart a surprising citrus aroma.
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Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of RobertColianni
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beernut7
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Another bottle-conditioned nightmare. I don't know whether to hold the brewery or the liquor store at fault, but common sense points to improper warm-storage at the package store. This one was a gusher with a hazy golden pour once the head settles off. The aroma is yeasty with notes of ginger-ale and lightly sweet. The flavors of licorice and ginger poke through a heavy bitterness. The body is fairly smooth for such a gushing head. The yeast comes through in a bisuity finish. I'll have to travel down to the brewery to get some fresh brew and give it another try.

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of tedho21
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of PaBeerLover
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of briandaube
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SPRichard
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice 2 finger head sits atop the light yellow brew

head stuck around for a good amount of time leaving some nice lacing

slight hint of some floral hop in the nose...picked up some citrus in there too...nothing special

lemony but not overpowering...the light citrus in the nose made an appearance....malt in the finish

very crisp, smooth, well balanced carbonation

refreshing and easy drinking beer perfect for a BBQ or ballgame

Photo of touchmeimsac
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of aforbes10
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

yellowy orange. clear with some yeasty sediment floating around. nice white head....pretty damn good looking beer. hoppy and orangey freash odor. very grapefruity taste with lots of hops and a big bite. finish is mostly the citrus flavor. appropriately bodied mouthfeel. drinkability is just so-so because it actually doesn't taste as good as it warms up and the sediment becomes a bit distracting. not bad, but their love stout and IPA are better.

Photo of BigMike
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light golden color with some hints of orange. Good amount of carbonation streaming up the glass. Topped off with an almost pure white head of about 1 finger.

S: Piney citrus notes on the nose. Followed up with some grassy bread aromas. A touch of spice.

T: flavor is very light but really good at the same time. It's got citrus, pine, grass, spice with a nice pale malt backbone. Light bitterness and light sweetness.

M: Watery in the mouth but that makes it super easy to drink. Very light and refreshing and awesome if you're looking to pound a few. Especially at 4.3%

Overall: Nothing earth shattering here but a straight forward, no frills easy drinking pale ale with some nice flavor.

Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap into a mug

A - Nice light copper color, a nice head, nothing too bad here

S - Good solid hoppy smell, with some floral aroma as well

T - Solid mix of hops and malt; floral scent that hits fairly evenly with the more mild malt; a good flavor, overall, although nothing particularly unique or exceptional

M - Solid feel, although it's fairly thin with a fairly short aftertaste

D - I have no real complaints here; it's a solid, good beer, that's fairly prevalent in the Philly area; it's got a nice solid pale ale flavor that's pretty unique; it's not gonna knock you on your ass, but you won't complain about it either

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure how old this bottle is, its been sitting on the shelves at my job for a while now. Pours a brilliant gold color with really good clarity and a monstrous clingy head. Initially smelt some skunk and then very subtle hints of oily hops. Nothing impressive on the nose.

Some tropical fruit tastes are the star of the show even though their subtle. Has a pleasant sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Finishes with a mild floral hop presense that goes pairs well with the fruit flavors in the beer. Tastes are all very mild though.

The drinkability is quite amazing. Super smooth, super clean, good carbonation and light in body. Would be good as a mild summer session beer.

Well balanced and flavor beer but nothing spectacular.

Photo of Sazz9
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of zoso1967
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice pale amber with bright white head and decent lacing. Aroma was dominated by lemony hops, with grainy pine notes as well. The taste was bracingly bitter with tons of hops. Very lemony with a touch of grassy hops and some graininess in the finish. Pretty aggressive bitterness makes it kind of hard to pick many other elements. It really seems like it could benefit from more of a malt backbone. That being said, it has good hop taste and the bitterness gives it a very dry finish that would work well for cooling off on hot day, or drinking at a BBQ. Fairly light bodied and quite drinkable if you dig all the hops and bitterness.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe i have not reviewed this beer yet, but finally set one a side from the Yards variety case...

Pours from the bottle a very nice (in this case) pale translucent gold with light efferevecence and decent finger thick head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is light, very feint aromas of citrusy, somewhat piney hops, but not overpowering.

Taste is pretty well balanced, a nice mix of citrusy hops with a solid malty background and finish. I had noticed that sometimes this beer does taste off, but as of late it seems to be coming back around.

Mouthfeel is well produced from the good carbonation with clinging flavors along the sides of the tongue and cheeks.

Extremely drinkable, especially for those sessions and warm days.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy golden brew with a sizable bubbly head. Intense carbonation fuels that. Small unappetizing black flecks are visible (not from my glass), no bottle conditioning either. It doesn't seem infected either. Weird...

S - Grasses, faint fir trees, not much here, it isn't strong in any way.

T - A very floral flavor. A bit of light malt backbone, but overall the flavor isn't terribly full. Nothing at all unpleasant, it just kind of cuts off - almost as if it had been diluted. Aftertaste is barely present, but a hint of bitterness from hops closes it out.

M - Smooth, thin, very, very refreshing.

D - Top notch. This is low abv and completely pleasant. Really the kind of beer one can drink for hours and hours. Since I am from PA originally, it is not terribly unlikely that I will find my self drinking this again.

Photo of ksimons
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of curlybird
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of meathookjones
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours out with a golden body with a tall foamy rocky white head that I had to wait for to go down before finishing the pour. Good amount of lacing was left as well when this was consumed. The aroma was overall pretty weak with a light floral and citric scent being the only obvious components. Not the most flavorful either but that taste was interesting as there was a bit of caramel malt mingling with the citric flavors with a touch of pine. Pretty good flavor that could have been better if it was a bit less subtle and tried to get noticed. Mouthfeel was about average for the style with no particular pluses or minuses. Not the most robust and flavorful APA but a decent one none the less that I would probably try on tap if I came across it.

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of ridgeline23
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Philadelphia Pale Ale from Yards Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.